A woman who allegedly bashed her pregnant friend’s head in with a rock before cutting out her unborn baby reportedly suffered a miscarriage months before.
Rozalba Grimm has allegedly admitted to becoming obsessed with stealing a child after losing her own earlier this year.
Police say the 28-year-old has admitted plotting for five to six weeks before luring friend Flávia Godinho, 24, to a fake baby shower in order to murder her in Canelinha, in southern Brazil.
Pictures on Facebook show a heavily pregnant Grimm with her husband Zulmiar Schiestl in May and June.
This would be months after her reported miscarriage but it is unclear if the pictures are staged or if they were taken during a previous pregnancy.
Grimm and Schiestl have both been charged with femicide, attempted murder, abduction of the incapacitated and concealment of a body, under Brazilian law.
School teacher Flávia was 34 weeks pregnant when she was murdered on August 27 at an old ceramics warehouse before a blade was used to cut open her stomach and remove the unborn child.
The baby, who survived the horrific ordeal, has been named Cecilia and is being cared for at Joana de Gusmão Children’s Hospital in Florianópolis.
Grimm and her husband took the baby to the hospital and claimed she had delivered the child on her own.
Hospital staff suspected something was amiss and called police.
A mum told Brazilian news site NCS that Grimm approached her daughter, but seemed more interested in a baby girl.
She told the news site that she had seen a photo posted by Grimm on social media, which showed her arms covered in blood and a baby covered in a blanket.
This was before she was admitted to hospital.
Another accounts surfaced on O Municipio, with another pregnant woman saying Grimm ignored her when she learned she was expecting a boy.
Flávia was said to have married her husband Valdeli Mafra in October 2019, with the pair conceiving shortly after.
Grimm announced her pregnancy to Facebook in November that year, before revealing the name in January 2020.
Authorities in the Brazilian state say Grimm suffered a miscarriage in January 2020 – but kept it a secret from her family, continuing to lie about being pregnant.
Police report that Grimm’s internet history following her miscarriage shows her searching for pregnant women.
She then became friends with Flávia on social media, it is reported.
Planning a baby shower together, Flávia was unaware Grimm had cancelled the August 27 event with other guests.
CCTV footage broadcast by Brazilian news site G1 captures Flávia getting into Grimm’s car.
The car then drives off in the direction of the abandoned ceramic pottery yard.
Flávia’s body was reportedly found by the victim’s husband and mother at around 9am on August 28, after her family filed a missing person’s report when she did not return late on the night of her death.
The detective responsible for the case, Paulo Alexandre Freyesleben e Silva, confirmed the cause of death of the 24-year-old victim was a sharp cut to the abdomen and wounds from a brick.
The autopsy will confirm if the baby was removed while her mother was alive or if she was already dead.
Flávia, who studied pedagogy and worked as a substitute teacher, was buried in the Municipal Cemetery of Canelinha after a brief ceremony.